Christmas Concerts 2019
The choir will be performing three Christmas concerts this year which will be held at Coxheath Village Hall on Sunday 1st December at 3pm, Milligan Theatre, Rye on Friday 6th December at 7.15pm and at St Mildred's Church, Tenterden on Saturday 14th December at 7.30pm (in aid of Canterbury Oast Trust). These concerts are always very popular and tickets sell fast. Further details of ticket availability can be obtained by clicking on each poster above to enlarge.
The choir will also be performing Carols at the Maidstone Hospital Oncology Unit and at Police Headquarters, Maidstone on Wednesday 18th December which are private events.
Christmas Tribute To Tony Wheatley
Sally Wheatley is seen here adjusting the Christmas Tree set up in honour of her husband Tony Wheatley, a founder member of the Choir who sadly passed away in July this year. The tree is in memory of his time in the police force and in the choir and it forms part of the Christmas Tree Festival being held at Ospringe Church near Faversham this weekend 7th & 8th December.
Holding On Letting Go
During our concert at St Peter’s Church, Pembury on Saturday 2nd November 2019 George Rogers, our Chairman, presented a cheque for £3,050 to Caroline Gaskin, Fundraising Officer for Holding On Letting Go, the choir’s appointed charity for 2018-19. The charity was nominated by Rod Stevenson (above left) and this remarkable amount was raised primarily through retiring collections at concerts throughout the year. Caroline thanked the choir and all the audiences over the year that had contributed. The Kent based charity helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them. Support is given to children, young people, parents and carers at their bereavement weekends which are offered free of charge.
Our Nominated Charity for 2019/20
Every year in Kent over 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer. The emotional and psychological impacts on patients, their families and friends can be devastating. At this early stage, lack of knowledge of the range of treatments provided, the possible outcomes and the extent of available support can be daunting and lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK-wide charity committed to offering cancer patients and their families emotional, clinical and other forms of support and advice at every stage, before, during and after treatment. By giving them knowledge and understanding of their specific situation, treatment options and ongoing progress, patients may make informed decisions about their treatment options, potential for recovery and future impact on lifestyle.
Macmillan Community Nurses are familiar figures in most areas, attending patients in their homes offering clinical and emotional support during and after treatment. But there is so much more besides. Macmillan information leaflets covering every aspect of cancer and its effects are available in every hospital and almost every GP surgery. A 24/7 telephone helpline is staffed by trained volunteers. A fund has been established to offer financial support to those in dire need as a result of their cancer.Less well known is Macmillan’s programme of identifying existing Health Service Professionals to be trained for specialism in cancer-related posts; Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Nutritionists, End-of-Life Counsellors, in many cases funding their specialist training and on-going support, so that in almost every NHS hospital there are to be found staff in all such disciplines, proudly wearing the green Macmillan badge. Beyond the hospital there are Macmillan-trained doctors visiting GP surgeries to train and advise practitioners on the identification and management of cancer cases.
The charity is almost entirely dependent on charitable donations to allow it to fulfil its stated commitment in one of their slogans:
“Whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”
Kent Police Male Voice Choir Recruitment Evening
Thursday 9th January 2020
Have any of you chaps ever sung your hearts out whilst showering and thought how good you sounded? After the reverb has died away have you ever thought you might like to take your shower singing just a step further and perhaps combine your voice with others (not in a shower!) and become a singer in a choir?
If you’ve ever had that thought now’s the time to act!
The acclaimed Kent Police Male Voice Choir is holding a recruitment evening on Thursday 9th January 2020. You are cordially invited to come along and meet the choir in a social setting with drinks and nibbles supplied. You’ll be able to actively join in the singing with a few simple pieces to see how you get on as part of a choir section – either bass, baritone, second tenor or first tenor. You don’t have to be a Pavarotti clone or anything like that – all we ask is that you can sing and hold a tune and have a love of music. We don’t hold auditions as such, just a simple voice test so our Musical Director can make sure you are singing in the section most appropriate for your voice. You don’t need to have a Kent Police connection, either - although the choir naturally has many ex-Kent Police officers in its ranks, it also has members from all walks of life.
We’re a very friendly bunch and you’ll find it’s great to sing with us. We rehearse each Thursday between 7.15-9.30 pm at Kent Police HQ on the Sutton Road in Maidstone. We perform about 13 concerts a year mainly within Kent and Surrey. Since our founding in 1978 we have raised in excess of £400,000 for charitable causes in Kent.
It’s a well-known and proven fact that singing is good for the body, mind and soul. Taking it further, sharing your singing with a bunch of like-minded, friendly guys is a fantastic and highly enjoyable experience and easily accomplished by firstly coming along to our recruitment session.
There is no pressure to join – all we ask is that you come along and see how you get on. Last year we recruited around eight new singers and, to a man, they are with us still almost one year on!
Come and join us – it’s a New Year resolution you won’t regret. Guaranteed!
Location and timing details are:
Kent Police HQ
We meet at 7.15 pm – please call Stewart Biggs, Hon. Secretary on 07967 282095 or e-mail him at